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Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Willingham

Oct 24, 2014

Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Willingham, 66, of Martinsburg, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Born Nov. 19, 1947, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of Norma Elizabeth Braithwaite Everhart, of Berkeley Springs and the late Laurence “Pud” Mason Everhart Jr.

Mary was of the Methodist faith. She was baptized by Chaplain Marlyn Bolen in the hospital before she went to be with her Lord. She touched so many lives and was the most passionate, loving and caring woman. She was the best mother, grandmother, “Grammy,” devoted wife, aunt, sister, teacher’s aide, bus aide and was loved by many. Everyone that knew her loved and cherished her.

Mary recently retired, but still substituted as a teacher’s aide for the Jefferson County Public Schools and Respite. She was a very hard worker and often worked two jobs at once. Mary worked at Dixie Narco for 18 years; Royal Vendors for seven years; Barnhart’s Supermarket; and Walmart.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 18 years, Donald Eugene Willingham. She and Donnie celebrated two important dates: Aug. 6, 1994, they met; and Nov. 20, 1995, they married. She is also survived by two daughters, Kimberly K. Comstock and Richard Greist Sr., of Shepherdstown and Robin L. Coulter and husband, Patrick, of Harpers Ferry; one brother, Lawrence “Buddy” Mason Everhart III and wife, Georgia, of Kearneysville; one sister, Judith Ann Burch, of Middleway; three grandchildren, Christin B. Hoffman, of Inwood, Dale Comstock, III and fiance, Savannah Shetley, of Leetown and Brialynn E. Grove, of Harpers Ferry; one great- grandson, Xander R. Biller; nieces and nephews, Yvette Mason and husband Hunter, Brian Everhart and wife Julie, David Everhart and wife Tammy, Michael Gayhart and wife Becky, Charles Gayhart and wife Crystal, Laura Lahman and husband Jeremy and Paul “Chris” Chapman and wife Chris; many great-nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law, John H. “Sonny” Willingham.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Middleway United Methodist Church, 7435 Queen St., Kearneysville, WV 25430, with the Rev. Owen Womack officiating.

Special thanks to the physicians and staff in the Neuro – Science ICU of Inova Fairfax, as well as to Chaplain Marlyn Bolen.

The family request donations to be given to Middleway United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 580, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

Arrangements by Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com